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Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
September 15, 2019 – January 12, 2020
West Building, Main Floor

Andrea del Verrocchio, Putto Poised on a Globe, c. 1480, unbaked clay, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection

Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence is the first monographic exhibition in the United States on Andrea del Verrocchio (c. 1435–1488), the innovative sculptor, painter, and teacher whose pupils included Leonardo da Vinci, Pietro Perugino, Lorenzo di Credi, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and likely Sandro Botticelli as well. The exhibition will examine the wealth and breadth of Verrocchio’s extraordinary artistry by bringing together some 50 masterpieces in painting, sculpture, drawing, and precious metal by the master and the artists he mentored. Groundbreaking technical research explores Verrocchio’s materials and techniques, offers revelations about his artistic choices, and proposes several new, carefully argued attributions in different media, including sculptures, paintings, and drawings. The National Gallery of Art is the sole American venue for the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalog will accompany this landmark presentation.

The exhibition is curated by Andrew Butterfield, an internationally recognized art historian whose monograph The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio (Yale University Press 1997) won the prestigious Mitchell Prize. Collaborators include Gretchen Hirschauer, associate curator, department of Italian paintings, and Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture—both from the National Gallery of Art, Washington; and Lorenza Melli, curator of the Corpus of Italian Drawings 1300–1500/Rome-Munich-Florence, based at the Kunsthistorisches Institut/Max-Planck Institut, Florence. The exhibition was conceived by the late Eleonora Luciano (1963–2017), associate curator of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and is dedicated to her memory.

Technical research for the exhibition was realized by a distinguished team of conservators and scientists from the National Gallery of Art, led by Dylan Smith, Robert H. Smith Research Conservator in the department of object conservation, and John K. Delaney, senior imaging scientist in the scientific research department, with the assistance of collaborators from various international institutions.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art in collaboration with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence.

Sponsors: Bank of America is a proud sponsor of the exhibition. Generous support has been kindly provided by the Buffy and William Cafritz Family Fund.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Other venues: Palazzo Strozzi and Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, February 21–July 7, 2019

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